So today was my doctor's visit....and they think that I have piriformis syndrome, which I suspected. Basically the piriformis muscle can become tight and inflamed and compress the sciatic nerve, causing pain.
The good news is, they said I can squat!!!
I have to take some anti-inflammatories and do some some stretching exercises to see if that gives me any relief. I also came to the conclusion through my own research that I have weak hip abductors and tight hip flexors, which can affect hip function and contribute to back pain. So I'm going to start working on trying to fix those things.
I'm going to start back very light with legs next week and see how I feel. I'm hoping that it will get better and not worse over time! I'm just happy that I can squat!!!!!